If you consider yourself to be a member of St. Catherine's and would like to sign up to read a lesson, lead the prayers of the people, greet people on the door, help with coffee or clearing up e.t.c. please check on the rota below or speak to Eric- .
Details of what is involved in the various tasks can be found below:
Coffee and clearing up
To volunteer to help with coffee please sign up here Coffee Doodle
Some thoughts on Coffee after Church on Sundays
I think many, if not most people would agree that having the chance to talk after Church is a really important part of our Church life as most of us do not see each other during the week. And it is so much nicer over a drink and a biscuit, especially at the time of day when our service finishes.
But having this does mean that we need some willing people to prepare things and clear up at the end. This is a job that very almost ANYONE can do!! It is really not difficult and you do not even need to bring anything as we normally have what is needed in Church, although of course all donations are greatly appreciated.
All that is required is
- Set up the water boiler before Church. (Someone tall and strong can always help get it down from the shelf above the dumbwaiter-elevator & fill it with water, if a helper is needed). This takes a few minutes, so no need to come super early.
- Leave Church right after communion, and sneak into the Coffee Room.
- Set out some cups, put coffee & hot water in the cafetieres, (the simple glass coffee makers sometimes called French Infusers).
- Put tea in the tea pot,
- Put milk on the table (available in the cupboard at the back of Church).
- Open some biscuits if desired!
Result: Lots of happy parishioners!
Of course you do need a bit more time at the end to clear up. But if it is one week in 8 or 10 that you stay longer, its really not a problem.
The whole process is explained on a sheet in the cupboard in the kitchen (we will try and label the cupboards in the coming weeks) and can also be found online (see link below).
Also online is a "doodle" rota where you can fill in which week you can take on coffee duty - see here, all you do is add your name and a tick for the weeks you can do. Or send a mail to Alex, Jackie or anyone on the parish council with what date you want to do and we can put your name down for you.
You can also ask for someone to help you the first time, to show you where everything is etc.
So SIGN UP TODAY!! And play your part in helping our congregation to get to know each other better!
In a Related Matter…..
Alex and I cleared out the back cupboard at Church today!! (As you face the doors, the one on the left, not the one underneath the organ stairs). It was full of rather a lot of stuff that did not need to be in it and was generally stuffed rather than tidied!
It would be great if you could all bear in mind the following:
It would be nice if we could keep the cupboard tidy and not load it up again with stuff that should not be in it. And for example, keep the kids books in the 1 box and the other Sunday school stuff in the other. We did not manage to completely go through the Sunday school box, that one is still a bit of a mess.
- There are enough disposable plates, bowls and cutlery to last the next 5 pot lucks! There are also loads of napkins. PLEASE DO NOT BRING ANY MORE but use up the ones in the cupboard first. There is a whole box full of plates & bowls and a basket full of cutlery. If any spares are stored in the cupboard they must be properly wrapped in a bag as the cupboard is dusty and the open stuff probably needs throwing away. We threw away the worst (blackest) looking bits.
- There is now a big blue box with milk, coffee, tea and lots of biscuits which can be used as supplies should the stuff in the kitchen run out. Please make sure that only unopened supplies are put in that box.
- Please try and tell the greeters and clearer-uppers that service sheets should go in the paper bin (cardboard box in the side room, next to the other bins) NOT put back in the cupboard. They cannot be used again, no point in keeping them.
Have a nice week!